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Ishq ya Gunaah: A musical dance play at the Shimla Gaiety





SHIMLA- musical dance play made people contemplate on the real meaning of love and its acceptance in society. Often we sing song Masjab nai seekhta apas me bair kerna; but when it comes to practicality reactions are totally different.

Yesterday people of city got an opportunity to contemplate on the meaning of love via A musical Dance Play “Ishq ya Gunaah”; staged at the historic Gaiety Theatre, Shimla.

The play was organized by the Dream Makers Society and while informing about the it Director of play Ajay Sharma, said that the main objective of play was to raise a question in mind of society where social evils like caste system are still practiced. Originally show was to be staged on Feb 14, when the entire world celebrated the bond of love but unfortunately unavailability of the venue mad e them postpone the show.


The story was the play was like any typical inter-cast; here inter religion; love story. A Muslim boy falls in love with a Hindu girl who has lost her entire family in riots. Dishearten from her life the girl meets the young Muslim lad who gives her a new ray of hope. The communities refuse to accept their relation and try to kill them both.

Ten years pass and each one without being aware of other being alive; boy becomes a vegetable whereas girl fulfills his dream of orphanage. In end when girl comes to meet him after learning his being alive, his wait ends and he dies.


Considering the first attempt of direction by Ajay, it can be called a good production. It had all the elements that one would like to see in any heart touching love story. The lead actor did a commendable job. He not only memorized the poetry but even delivered it with full spirit. On the other hand the heroine too did a good job. The dance sequences added to the flavor of story.


For people who looked for sheer entertainment and not some serious theater it was a treat to watch and value for money. It did take people to a romantic dream world where falling in love is all magical. No doubt the end showed a malicious face of society where emotions take a back seat as compared to false egos. Play gave a message that love is not always about self interest but about the happiness of one u love with or without you.


Technically changing of scenes and set in fadeout could have been done little neatly. To take entry from the other wing heroine could have used the passage behind the set rather than walking on stage while rest everything else was settled. It gave an impression that a new scene has already begun which was not the case. Other than that situational songs were well chosen and dance sequences too were executed well but there is always room for improvement.


However for one of the spectator and a theater lover, “The lead performances were good only if the director knew what is Film and what is play? Playing filmi songs does not make a theatre narrative! So much is the power of Cinema that today even stage actors aspire to be Bollywood actors where acting doesn’t matter much but the star value on pulling cheap crowds for expensive productions which mostly again goes unto star fees. “

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Wah Re Corona: Himachali Folk Artist’s Lyrical Satire is Factual Rendition of India’s Agonizing Catastrophe



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Shimla-Otherwise blatantly vocal and distinctively mass-mobilizing government of India is suddenly in the most subdued self after its proclaimed victory over the deathly virus; participation in uncontrolled election rallies; and permitting maha melas. The stalwarts are in the hiding, while helpless citizens – who voted them into power not once but in landslide victories twice – are dying due to lack of oxygen, poor – unavailable – medical facilities, and the denial stance of the ignorant in the helm.

Drawing a comparison between the fatal coronavirus and the mismanagement of the entire situation by the appalling government; a Himachali folk artist has released a factually appropriate lyrical satire that will tickle your mind and leave you to imagine what has brought this catastrophe onto us. The song is written by Rameshwar Sharma and music by Lalit Sauta. 


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International Mandi Shivratri Fair Begins in Presence of 150 Local Dieties



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Mandi-International Shivratri Fair of Mandi district on the occasion of Mahashivratri began on March 12, 2020, at the historic Paddal ground. While Mahashivratri is celebrated for one day in most parts, the fair in Mandi goes on for seven days.

After Pagri and worship ceremony at Raj Madhav Rai Temple – abode of principal deity Madho Rai- begun the taditional Jaleb, Shobha Yatra. This yatra is held on every every year on the occasion of Mahashivratri. It starts from Raj Madhav Rai temple to conclude at the Paddal ground. This year, over 150 deities participated in the ‘Jaleb’, the traditional Shobha Yatra from almost all parts of the district. A total of over 200 deities have been invited this year.  

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Thousands of people dressed in their traditional attire participated in the procession carrying their local deities dancing all the way upto Paddal ground.

Deputy Commissioner Mandi and Chairman International Shivratri Fair Organizing Committee Rugved Thakur informed this year as many as 216 deities were invited to participate in this fair.
He said that awareness Rath has also been included in the procession to drive in the theme of Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao. It was followed by the performances by pahari artists on the first night of the fair.

An increase of five percent in honorarium of Bajantries accompanying the deities was also announced.

Chief minister Jairam Thakur also participated in the Yatra and Puja (worship). The state government is celebrating the festival as Swarnim International Shivratri Fair to mark fifty years of Statehood.

Though the Chief Minister cautioned the people that the world hasn’t come out of corona pandemic and there is a need to be cautious, he himself participated in the fair without wearing a mask or taking any visible measures for social distancing. From the crowd, some people were also heard asking the Chief Minister where his mask was . 

CM Jairam Thakur not wearing mask

He said that fortunately, the number of covid-19 cases were declining constantly, which was a big sigh of relief. 

Chief Minister couldn’t resist taking the opportunity to speak about his government’s achievements on the this occasion. “Three years tenure of the State Government has been full of achievements and accomplishments,” he said.

“This year the Mandi Shivrati has gained more importance as it was being celebrated this year when the Nagar Parishad has been upgraded to Municipal Corporation,” Jai Ram Thakur said.

Further, various Departments, Boards and Corporation have set up exhibition at Paddal Ground.

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Amid Steep Rise in COVID-19 Cases, HP Govt to Open Temples/Religious Places from Sept 10




Shimla- The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh had reached 6830 by September 4, 2020. Yesterday the State reported 215 new positive cases with two deaths. The COVID-19 death tally rose to 48 with these new casualties reported from Sirmaur and Kangra districts.

According to the yesterday’s COVID-19 bulletin released by the State Health Department, highest 37 cases were reported in Kangra district followed by Solan (35) Sirmaur (33), Chamba (33), Mandi (32), Una (20), Bilaspur (7), Hamirpur (7), Shimla (8), and Kullu (3). Till Friday evening, the number of active cases in the state was 1815 as 4920 persons had recovered.

HP Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin for August 4, 2020 ( 9 PM)


Amid this steep rise in cases in Himachal, the State Government on Friday held a Cabinet meeting in which it decided to open temples and religious places from September 10.

 The Language, Art and Culture Department will prepare SOP in this regard.  Registration would be required for people entering the State till September 15. The quarantine requirement would be reduced from 14 days to 10 days. The District Administration would strictly enforce the use of masks and social distancing in the field, the government said.

The Cabinet decided to provide wheat flour and rice to the income tax payee APL Consumers under Public Distribution System as was being provided to them earlier on APL rates and provide them pulses, edible oil, salt and sugar on zero-subsidy on actual rates.

The State Cabinet decided to request the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India to sign Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) related to Affordable Rental Housing Complexes Scheme with the state government.

It decided to fill up 10 posts of class IV employees in Panchayati Raj Department.

It gave its approval to transfer Gram Panchayat Kot from Police Station Shimla East (Chhota Shimla) to Police Station West (Boileauganj)  in district Shimla to facilitate the people.

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